First team players
GRANT SHENTON - goalkeeper
‘Shents’ joined the club in the summer of 2019 after departing Chester FC. After a spell of reserves football at FC United of Manchester, Grant made his non-league name at Ramsbottom United where he became the club’s leading appearance maker with 279 matches under his belt in a successful five-year stint from 2011. He joined up with former Buxton manager Paul Phillips at Ashton Utd in 2016, before following him to Stalybridge Celtic, and then spent a season at Trafford, eventually moving to Chester in the summer of 2018. Made 39 appearances in the truncated 2019/20 season and was voted ‘Players’ Player of the Season’.
Tommy Taylor - goalkeeper
Tom came through the junior ranks at Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday before moving to Garforth Town in 2011. He had stints at AFC Halifax and Brighouse, winning the EvoStik Division One North Young Player of the Year 2014/2015, before signing for Scarborough in 2017. He won many plaudits at Scarborough and enjoyed a trial period at Rotherham in 2019. Signed for the Bucks in July 2020.
Stephen Brogan - defender
Left-back recruited from Spennymoor Town in the summer of 2020. An extremely experienced player who made over 60 first-team appearances for Rotherham Utd, being linked with Premier League sides, before a horrific injury put him on the side-lines for 14 months. After a loan spell at Stalybridge Celtic he signed for Alfreton Town in 2011 and earned a call up to the England ‘C’ squad in 2012. He then started a somewhat nomadic period with stints at Stalybridge (twice), Guiseley, Forest Green and Southport before spending the 2015/16 season at Gainsborough Trinity. The following season he moved to North Ferriby United and signed for Spennymoor Town in 2018 after a short period at Boston United.
connor o'grady - defender
Sheffield born centre-back or right-back who signed for the Bucks in September 2019. Connor came through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday, signing a pro contract extension in 2018 before joining the Bucks. Connor has made a tremendous start to his Buxton career and was named captain for the first time against Witton Albion in late October 2019 where he turned in a man-of-the-match performance in the 2-0 victory. Made 29 (2) appearances scoring 2 goals last term.
Matt Curley - defender
Matt signed for the Bucks in February 2020 in a ‘swap’ deal with Hednesford Town and made an immediate impact with a goal on debut against Gainsborough Trinity. Signed primarily as a right-back, Matt is a versatile player and has enjoyed playing in various positions for Romulus and Sutton Coldfield before joining Tamworth in 2017 and then Hednesford Town, linking up with current Buxton boss Gary Hayward.
Shane Killock - defender
A product of the Huddersfield Town youth system, Shane made his debut in non-league for Ossett Albion at a very young age before returning to Huddersfield. After making a couple of first team appearances there, he went on loan to Hyde United, Harrogate Town and Oxford United before moving permanently to Oxford in 2009. Another loan spell, this time at AFC Telford United, led to a move and Shane enjoyed a three-year stint there becoming captain and seeing the club win promotion to the Conference National via the play-offs. He moved back to Harrogate Town in 2012 for three seasons, joining Hyde United following a loan at Guiseley in 2015 and then spent three seasons at Bradford Park Avenue. A move to Alfreton Town followed in 2019 from where he joined Buxton in the summer of 2020.
josh granite - defender
A powerful defender signed from Barrow in the summer of 2020. Josh started his career at Woodley Sports and represented Sheffield and Hallam Universities before signing for Mossley in the summer of 2014. After a season he joined Trafford before moving to Ashton United in 2017 and then on to Barrow where he was club captain as they regained their league status in 2020 as winners of the Conference National League.
matthew kilgallon - defender
A vastly experienced centre-back with over 300 Premiership and Football League appearances, signed from Indian side Hyderabad in August 2020. Matt played junior football at York City before signing for Leeds United aged 12 and graduated as a scholar at Leeds before making 80 first team league appearances. A near 2-million-pound transfer took him to Sheffield United in 2007 where he spent the next 3 seasons as an ever-present before joining Sunderland in January 2010. Matt enjoyed loan spells at Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers before signing for Blackburn Rovers in 2013 and then Bradford City in 2016. He moved to Hamilton Academicals in the summer of 2018 and then on to Hyderabad in 2019. Always a consistent performer, he earned Player of the Year awards at Sheffield United and Bradford City and represented England from Under 18s to Under 21s.
james hurst - defender
‘Hursty’ came through the junior ranks at West Bromwich Albion but moved to Portsmouth on a scholarship in 2008. Following a loan period in Iceland at iBV he moved back to West Brom in 2010, making his first team debut in a League Cup quarter-final at Ipswich Town. He had loan spells at Blackpool, Shrewsbury (twice), Chesterfield and Birmingham City before returning to Iceland to sign for Valur in May 2013. James joined Crawley Town later that summer but returned to Valur the following season after a loan spell at Northampton Town. He spent the 14/15 season at Hednesford Town before signing for Torquay United and then AFC Telford United following a loan stint at Guiseley. James moved to Dover in January 2017, then on to Wrexham the following summer and has had brief spells at Nuneaton Borough, Relling United, Sutton Coldfield Town with a return to Hednesford Town before signing for the Bucks in August 2020. He has represented England at Under 16s, Under 17s and Under 18s.
Chris Dawson- midfield
A former Wales under 21 international who was a product of the Leeds United academy rising up to make a number of First team appearances. He signed for Rotherham United in 2016 and was loaned to Viking FK in Norway. Following serious injury he signed for Scarborough, helping them win promotion to the Northern Premier League before spending the 2018/19 season at Bradford Park Avenue. He was loaned to Grantham Town from January 2019 before returning to Scarborough the following summer and was one of three players to make the move from ‘Borough to Buxton in July 2020.
Reece King - midfield
Reece was one of a number of players to follow manager Gary Hayward from Hednesford Town to Buxton at the start of 2020. He started his career at Malvern, going on to make over 100 appearances before moving to Gloucester City in 2017. He moved to Hednesford that same year, after an initial loan, and won many ‘Player-of-the Year’ awards at Keys Park, moving on for a short stint at Leamington FC before returning to Hednesford in August 2019.
warren clarke - midfield
Young midfielder signed in September 2019. Warren came through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday FC and signed his first pro contract with the Owls in 2017 where he stayed for 2 seasons. Picked up an injury early in his Bucks career but bounced back in spectacular fashion to finish the curtailed 2019/20 season in great form, winning several man-of-the-match awards’.
Tom Elliot - midfield
Made an immediate impression on the Buxton 'faithful' with an impressive debut against Lancaster City in early December 2019 following his transfer from Hednesford Town. Tom initially emerged as a talent at Worksop Town before signing for Nuneaton Town in 2016. He followed then-manager Tommy Wright to Darlington, making over 40 appearances for 'The Quakers' before signing for Hednesford in the summer of 2019. He was the first signing made by Gary Hayward when he joined the Bucks as manager and made 14 appearances last season, scoring twice.
Sam Wedgebury - midfield
A vastly experienced midfielder, Sam was a youngster at Worcester City when he was spotted by Sheffield United and transferred to Bramall Lane in 2006. He had two loan spells, first at Mansfield Town and then in Hungary with Ferencvaros. Sam moved to Macclesfield Town in 2010 where he made his mark with some notable performances in ‘Maccs’ cup run in 2012/13. After racking up over 100 appearances, including earning an England ‘C’ cap, he moved to Stevenage in 2013 then the following year moved to Forest Green Rovers making 76 league appearances and helping the club win promotion to the Football League. After a one season stint at Wrexham Sam signed for Chesterfield in 2018 from where the Bucks acquired his services in August 2020.
Reece Styche - forward
Midlands-based striker with an impressive goalscoring record since he started his career at Hednesford in 2006. Following a loan period at Bromsgrove he joined Grantham Town, Coalville Town and Shepshed Dynamo before his career really took off with a prolific period at Chasetown, followed by a move to Conference National side Forest Green Rovers in 2010. Despite injury he netted 35 times in 107 games for Forest Green before a loan move into the Football League with Wycombe Wanderers. He joined Kidderminster Harriers for two seasons where he had two loan spells at Tamworth and then signed for Macclesfield Town in 2016 following another loan. He was soon on the move again, this time to Gateshead, with a loan at Nuneaton Town before re-joining Tamworth in 2017. He spent the 2017/18 season at Darlington, the following season at Alfreton before joining Hereford in the summer of 2019. After a transfer to Bromsgrove he joined the Bucks in the summer of 2020. Reece had one England ‘C’ cap but is now a full international with Gibraltar with 7 caps, scoring a goal against Switzerland in a Euro-qualifier in November 2019.
diego de girolamo - forward
Former Italian Under 18s, Under 19s and Under 20s international who joined the Bucks in July 2018. Diego came through the junior ranks at Sheffield United before earning a professional contract and making several first team appearances for ‘the Blades’. His career at Bramall Lane was hindered by an injury picked up on Under 18 International duty that ruled him out for nine months in 2013. He enjoyed a loan spell at York City before returning to Sheffield where he scored his first goal for the Blades in a FA Cup tie against Preston North End. Two further loan spells at York and one at Northampton Town followed before signing for Bristol City in the summer of 2016. He went on loan to Cheltenham in January 2017, scoring a hat-trick in the EFL Trophy against Leicester City Under 23’s, and a further loan period was spent at Chesterfield in the first half of the 2017/18 season. He spent the remainder of that season at Macclesfield Town, netting a dozen times in 24 (14) appearances in 2018/19 season but really found his scoring boots last season with 27 goals in 31 (4) matches, earning him the supporters’ Player of the Year award.
James Walshaw - forward
Experienced attacking player with a prolific scoring record who signed from Scarborough in July 2020. After stints at Ossett Town, Leek Town, Farsley Celtic and FC Wakefield it was his period at Guiseley between 2008 and 2011 where he came to prominence, winning England ‘C’ recognition and then a transfer to Darlington and full-time football. Following a loan period at Halifax Town he returned to Guiseley in 2012, spent 2013/14 at Altrincham, two seasons at Harrogate Town before signing back at Farsley Celtic in 2016 and on to Scarborough in November 2017.
Godwin Abadaki- forward
Nigerian born Godwin came through the ranks at Rochdale, making a couple of first team appearances, and was loaned to Hyde United, Southport, Stalybridge Celtic and Workington. During this period, he also had a youth loan at Huddersfield Town where he worked with Development Coach Steve Eyre, the son of former Buxton player Fred. Since 2014 Godwin has played for a number of non-league sides including Northwich Victoria (twice), Ashton United, Nantwich Town and Shaw Lane, under ex-Buxton boss John Reed. He has also had two spells at Mossley from where the Bucks acquired his services in the summer of 2020.